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Travel agent licence review Status: Closed Friday 4 October 2013 Consumer Protection is seeking community comment about whether specific laws for the WA travel industry should continue or whether the general laws are adequate. We have released a position paper and urge consumers and industry...
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Travel costs can be varied and expensive. There are a few tips you should consider before purchasing the travel. Checking terms and conditions is essential in any travel package, accomodation or insurance. Costs Published travel costs are subject to change, even if you have paid a deposit. This is...
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With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard Avoid pre-holiday blues – buying travel tips The recent collapse of a Perth travel agent highlighted that some Western Australians were unaware there is no longer a licensing system for travel agents and that the associated compensation scheme does not exist anymore. Global Plus Holidays in Northbridge is now in liquidation. Up until...
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Department News
02 Sep 2016
A wedding and event planning company has been fined $50,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court and five WA couples who were left out of pocket when it became insolvent have been awarded a total of $75,775 in compensation. Acceler8 Group Pty Ltd (in liquidation) , which traded as Bali D’Luxe , was convicted of five offences under the Australian Consumer Law of wrongly accepting payment and failing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jul 2016
Travel buying tips to avoid holiday hell The recent collapse of a travel agent business in WA and similar instances over East should send a warning to Australians looking to buy airfares and/or holiday accommodation. Consumers who had paid cash, in person or by direct bank transfer, for travel services lost their money when the agent failed to pass funds on to suppliers or cancelled booked travel...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Oct 2015
Customers of the Fremantle-based travel agency, Sky Air Services, are being urged to contact Consumer Protection with the agency experiencing financial difficulties. Ten customers of the agency have contacted Consumer Protection in recent days reporting that flights and accommodation booked by the agency on their behalf have not been paid for despite the customers making payments in full to the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jul 2015
A travel accommodation website is listing properties for lease without the property owner’s permission, sparking fears that the site is run by scammers. WA ScamNet is currently investigating the origins and purpose of Travel Advisor Pro (TAP) traveladvisorpro.net but due to early indications that it is a scam, a decision has been made to issue an early warning to protect consumers from potential...
Consumer Protection
Alert
29 Jun 2015
A Queensland-based travel company which failed to notify consumers of a cooling off period for phone sales was fined $6,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,282 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 27 March 2015. Beachbreak Holidays Australia Pty Ltd , trading as Ezy Flights and Up’n’Go Travel , sold travel vouchers by cold calling consumers and offering discounted packages for flights and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2015
Overseas backpackers have been duped by a fake online advertisement offering fruit picking work and accommodation in Narrogin. Several travellers have contacted Consumer Protection and the Town of Narrogin after they attended a bogus address in the town that they thought was the office of an employment agent. They had responded to a Gumtree ad and paid about $200 each upfront. The scammer used...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jan 2015
Western Australians are being encouraged to ‘pack some peace of mind’ when booking their next holiday. The campaign – an initiative of all Australian consumer protection agencies – has been timed to coincide with the ending of the licensing system for travel agents and the winding down of the associated consumer compensation scheme (Travel Compensation Fund). Commissioner for Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2014
Weddings and event planning company Acceler8 Group Pty Ltd trading as Bali D’Luxe is insolvent, leaving WA couples out of pocket by tens of thousands of dollars. At least nine Bali D’Luxe customers have reported problems to Consumer Protection recently, including arriving in Bali to find out services had not been paid for and paying large amounts of money, then being unable to make contact with...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2014
Licensing scheme for travel agents ends Travel Compensation Fund being wound down New industry accreditation scheme to protect customers Western Australia’s licensing system for travel agents ceases on 8 October 2014, in line with the national deregulation of the travel industry. The move comes at a time when travellers are increasingly buying travel online directly from airlines and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2014

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